Student Stories

Below are the stories of past SBCC students who took varied paths to personal accomplishment and professional achievement. Some of them chose to transfer to other institutions, while others jumped immediately into careers.  All are inspirational.
  Yoky Matsuoka giving a lecture   Toni Schneider
Dr. Yoky Matsuoka is a professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington and the recipient of the MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship. Toni Schneider is an award-winning entrepreneur, software engineer, and CEO of Automattic (the company behind WordPress).
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  Jamie Reno head shot   Angela Belcher Head Shot

Jamie Reno is an award-winning journalist and a former Newsweek correspondent.

Dr. Angela Belcher is a professor of Materials Science Engineering at MIT and the recipient of the MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship.

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  Matt Lee photographing Tom Brady   Steve Slater playing drums

Matthew J. Lee is a Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist and staff photographer for the
Boston Globe.

(photo courtesy of David Silverman)

Steve Slater is a professional musician, music instructor and former drummer for the band Sugarcult.
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  Das Williams head shot   Cynthia Inda Head shot
Das Williams is a California Assemblymember.

Attorney Cynthia Inda is a former Deputy D.A. for Los Angeles County and former editor of the Stanford Law Review.

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  Sarah Breitweser head shot   Ginger Hahn Head Shot

Sarah Breitweser is a Stanford School of Medicine Pathologists' Assistant and medical student instructor.

Ginger Hahn is owner of Ginger Elizabeth Chocolates.
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  Marissa Machado Head Shot

Artist and architect Landon Brown is Director of VisionArc, a New York based design research practice and think tank.

Marissa Machado is a professional make-up artist working in Hollywood.

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  Larry Galizio Head Shot   Blair Mott Head Shot
Dr. Larry Galizio is Clatsop Community College President and former Director for Strategic Planning for the Chancellor's Office of the Oregon University System. Blair Mott is a World Diving Specialist who has worked with Ocean Futures Society, the BBC, NOAA, Jean- Michael Cousteau Productions, ESPN2, and Chevron.
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  Michael Parfit head shot


Darion Smith is a professional dancer, choreographer and Artistic Director of the New York City based Janusphere Dance Company. Michael Parfit is an award-winning writer and documentary filmmaker.
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Eduardo Villa head shot
Emily Florence is founder and president of, a website community awarded one of Forbes Top 100 Websites for Women.

Eduardo Villa is an internationally renowned tenor and a regular guest of the Metropolitan Opera.

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Francisco Sepulveda head shot
Randolph Mantooth is a an actor, writer, producer, and one of the most respected speakers for fire and emergency medical services conferences in the U.S. Dr. Francisco Sepulveda is Director of the Brain-Computer Interfaces Lab in the School of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at the University of Essex.
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 Bruce Babcock


Jeanine Moss

Bruce Babcock is an Emmy-winning composer of music for television, film, and the concert stage.  Jeanine Moss is President of Turning Point Solutions, Inc., an award-winning branding and marketing firm.
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  Julio Cesar Ortiz head shot

Dr. Lorelle L. Espinosa is a senior analyst with Abt Associates, a global policy research and evaluation firm in the Washington, D.C. area.

Julio Cesar Ortiz is an award-winning television reporter for KMEX - 34 Univision Los Angeles.
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